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 Anna E <I>Black</I> Carney

Anna E Black Carney

Birth
Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
Death 14 Mar 1983 (aged 95)
Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Lot 1 section 1 grave #10
Memorial ID 120509779 · View Source
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Anna Black Carney was at one time the Tulsa Durbar Queen. When Tulsa became the "Oil Capital of the World" the Tulsa Durbar was conceived and while it lasted only three years, is was "a colorful, exciting three day celebration that not only set Tulsa on its ears, but attracted wide publicity throughout the state and brought thousands of Oklahomans here who had never before visited the city." Three weeks before the actual Durbar dates the contest started and nominations that would be carefully screened were solicited for the Queen. The only young women whose nominations were accepted were from oil families and that meant they were tops socially. The committee in charge of selections saw to it that no one was nominated who did not possess "queenly" qualities of charm, grace, intelligence, poise and beauty. In that way it was assured that no matter who won, she would carry her crown with distinction and public approval.
Votes were purchased for $1.00 each, and it was strictly cash. Once the Queen was named, the runners-up were made "Maids in Waiting" and the Durbar proceeded fashioned after the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Our own Anna Black Carney has the distinction of having been the Queen of the Tulsa Durbar once of the three years it lasted.

Her granddaughter shares these memories and begins by describing a picture: "Anna is carrying a tambourine and is dressed in costume for a high school play. She was my "Nana" and I remember her being very lively and a little bit vain (she never would admit to her real age). In her late 80's she was playing piano for the people she called "those old folks" (she didn't include herself in that category) in the residential care home where she lived. She was very proud of being the Queen of Durbar. The photo of Catherine Kearns says she was "dressed in mourning for her mother". Supposedly, it was taken at St. Rita Convent in Ottawa."

Her obituary indicates she lived at the Franciscan Villa when she died, was a member of the Roman Catholic Church and was survived by 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


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  • Created by: Susan Roach
  • Added: 18 Nov 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 120509779
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anna E Black Carney (20 Apr 1887–14 Mar 1983), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120509779, citing Calvary Cemetery, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Susan Roach (contributor 47796231) .